IGP Pays d'Oc: Domaine Girard Pinot Noir 2018
Domaine Girard’s Burgundian-style Pinot Noir from the Languedoc hills owes its freshness to planting at 350m altitude, receiving cooling breezes from both the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Bags of intense berry fruit and gentle spice make this an ideal aperitif or moreish partner to summer dishes.
Proving that the Languedoc can provide finesse as well as fierceness, we have shipped a parcel of Domaine Girard’s Pinot Noir 2018 that impressed us no end when tasted earlier this year. ‘Pinot’ does not enjoy the higher temperatures of the south, but this example from the far western edge of the Languedoc is planted on north-west facing slopes at elevation (350m above sea level), hence its wonderfully crisp freshness and could be easily mistaken for red Burgundy. Farmed according to ‘agriculture raisonée’ methods, no herbicides or fertilisers are used meaning the vines require meticulous care and attention including grassing rows, selective leaf removal and green harvesting.
Ripe red berry fruit balanced against fresh acidity, a touch of spice and minerality make this Pinot Noir wine the perfect pairing for poultry or grilled pork chops.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Malepère|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken and Turkey, Pork|
|Cellarage||Drink 2-4 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested berries from 30-year old vines from clay-loam soils are picked at optimum maturity and transported to the press in small crates to avoid crushing and bruising the fruit. Destemmed and soaked at low temperatures for 6-7 days. Fermented on the skins over 3 weeks in open-topped tanks with regular pumping over, punching down and racking before gentle pressing. Blended and matured in tank before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Based in the most westerly appellation of the Languedoc in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Domaine Girard sits above the Lauragais plain, offering distant views of the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. To the west of the town of Limoux, brothers Phillipe and Jean-François Girard are the 5th generation of the family to produce wine on their 25 hectares of vines. The estate includes a range of well-drained soils (clay, marl and gravel) permitting a wide range of grape varieties to be grown including Chardonnay, Merlot, Côt (Malbec), Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
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